Today’s Softball Schedule
|North Texas vs. Florida||Noon||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|LSU vs. South Carolina||Noon||SEC Network||WatchESPN|
|Ole Miss vs. Missouri||1 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Tennessee vs. Texas A&M||1 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Auburn vs. Alabama||1 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Georgia vs. Arkansas||2 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Kentucky vs. Mississippi State||2 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Florida A&M vs. Florida||2:30 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
An empty day on Thursday gives way to an eventful Friday in the world of SEC softball.
No series this weekend is perhaps more pivotal than the one between Kentucky and Tennessee. Entering play, the Wildcats and Volunteers are separated by merely one game in the standings with UK being atop UT with a 4-2 record in SEC play compared to UT’s 5-3 mark. A series win for either team would propel them up into top tier of the conference and give them a big boost as we near the home stretch.
Elsewhere, Alabama and LSU play a pivotal series as well. The Tide may be ahead of the Tigers right now but the Bayou Bengals still have plenty of opportunities left on their slate. A series win could prove to be important down the line when they start racking up more conference games. The Tide would be behooved with a series win over their contemporary in order to build a much bigger lead over them. If Florida was to drop their series against Georgia, then ‘Bama could very well sit atop the SEC standings by the end of the weekend.
Auburn will be trying to make a move in the SEC standings when they begin their series with Ole Miss, who has yet to win a conference game this season in five tries. The Rebels are 22-8 overall but have been snakebitten against their peers. The 27-4 Tigers are 2-2 in conference play so far and a series win could help free them from a logjam currently going on in the middle of the pack.
Arkansas looks to start salvaging their SEC season as they begin a series with Mizzou. The two teams are combined 3-10 this season in league play with the Hogs posting a meager mark of 2-7. Mizzou is 18-12 this season and could prove to be a spoiler for Arkansas if things break their way.
The only other matchup tonight that will have an effect on conference standings is Mississippi State vs. South Carolina. The Gamecocks are looking to crawl out of the 1-6 hole they dug themselves while Mississippi State is plagued in similar fashion with a 2-4 record against the league. State comes into this one having lost three of their last four but did pick up a 14-0 win over Jackson State earlier in the week. The Gamecocks meanwhile have also lost three of their last four, having picked up a win over Furman on March 28 but were mugged by Texas A&M last weekend, having been outscored 21-2.
Speaking of the Aggies, they’ll be starting a three-game nonconference series against Oklahoma State. Their former Big 12 rivals are a hearty 25-12 this season with a 6-0 record in Big 12 play. They’ve only played one road game this season however, winning against North Texas 10-2 in Denton. We’ll see how they fare in their first true extended series on the road against the high-powered Aggies who are of course 27-3 to this point of the year.